To seed or not to seed?

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Hi guys

I have 2 questions for all the more experienced reef keepers. I am in the 2nd week of cycling my new tank 4ft, my existing TL550 is about 2 years old

My question is
  • Should i seed the substrate with my older sand?
  • Should i add water from my old tank?
Or should i continue as i have?
 

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Id seed some sand from the older tank.
What rock do you have in your new tank? If its new liverock, id add a piece from your old tank to help things along.
No point in adding water as the good bacteria and other organisms colonise the substrate.
 
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Id seed some sand from the older tank.
What rock do you have in your new tank? If its new liverock, id add a piece from your old tank to help things along.
No point in adding water as the good bacteria and other organisms colonise the substrate.
Thanks, okay gonna seed some substrate and liverock tonight

The tank does have around 15kg of liverock new from lfs what i will do is add around 5kg from my old tank , the balance will be put in closer to when i am ready to transfer

thank you
 
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I have seeded my tank with some Substrate from and older tank (thanks to @Apollo )
A huge difference Imo, lots of life suddenly appeared.
 
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If there are no fish in the tank, i think you could feed a small pinch of food every couple of days to keep them going, the food will supply the nutrients for the bacteria to use/feed on
 

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